SAVANNAH, Ga. - The AlphaGraphics Armstrong State Student-Athlete of the Month for September is sophomore volleyball setter Carley Eiken.
AlphaGraphics and the Armstrong State University athletic department are teaming up again this year to honor one student-athlete each month that best represents the Pirates' drive to succeed on the field and in the classroom. The Pirates have won the Peach Belt Conference Commissioner's Cup four out of the last five years while 58% of our student-athletes carried a GPA of 3.0 or better last year. This kind of success can not happen without the efforts of our outstanding student-athletes.
A native of Dacula, Ga., Eiken averaged a Peach Belt Conference-leading 11.47 assists per set in September, leading Armstrong State volleyball to a 14-1 overall record and a 4-0 mark in the league. She ranks 12th in NCAA Division II in assists and she has directed the Pirates' offense to a league-best .282 hitting percentage, which ranks seventh in DII.
As a freshman, Eiken shared setting duties with fellow freshman Kristi Vaughn, but as a sophomore, head coach Will Condon has made her the primary setter and she has responded not only with outstanding setting skills but defense and serving as well. She is averaging more digs per set and service aces per set in her sophomore season than in her freshman season. In the classroom, Eiken is a two-time member of the PBC Presidential Honor Roll and currently carries a 3.56 GPA in early childhood education.
Check out the video interview with Carley on her honor. Join us next month as we honor our AlphaGraphics Armstrong State Student-Athlete of the Month!